Creating Robots That Care – Karen Spärck Jones Lecture 2017

BCS Mid-Wales and Aberystwyth University are delighted to invite you to our Karen Spärck Jones broadcast event, in which we’ll stream the showcase lecture, Creating Robots that Care, and provide opportunity for networking before and after the event. This will be held in Physical Sciences building at Aberystwyth University.

To honour the pioneering work of Karen Spärck Jones the BCS holds a distinguished lecture in her name each year, celebrating a prominent female computing researcher. This is aimed at a wide general audience: we welcome all ages and levels of computing experience. This lecture will be delivered by Dr Maja Matarić and will be streamed live at Aberystwyth University.

The talk is from 6:00 – 7:30pm – Creating Robots that Care Lecture – Dr Maja Matarić – Thursday 25th May 2017.

Light refreshments are available from 5.30 outside the lecture room.

The main information site for the talk is http://academy.bcs.org/ksj

Book your place

The event is free and open to everyone. To reserve your free place, please book for the Aberystwyth Venue at Eventbrite.

Abstract

How can human-robot interaction be improved by making robots more socially intelligent? This is the key question at the heart of socially assistive robotics (SAR): a new field of intelligent robotics that focuses on developing machines capable of assisting users through social rather than physical interaction, in order to encourage people to have the drive and motivation to do their own work, for improved health and wellness. Our research brings together engineering, health sciences, neuroscience, social, developmental, and cognitive sciences to create robots that can serve as coaches, motivators, and companions. This requires personalising human-robot interaction through appropriate speech, gesture, and body language; the embodiment is the most important even without physical work. Our successes include coaching stroke patients to perform rehabilitation activities, helping children with autism to learn social skills, encouraging teens at risk for type-2 diabetes to exercise, motivating first graders to make healthy food choices, and helping elderly patients with Alzheimer’s disease to stay engaged.

This talk will describe those projects and the associated research into embodiment, modelling and steering of social dynamics, and long-term user adaptation for SAR, illustrated with many videos.

Dr Matarić

Dr Maja Matarić is the Professor and Chan Soon-Shiong Chair of Computer Science, Neuroscience & Pediatrics; Founding Director at the USC’s Robotics and Autonomous Systems Center; and Director of the USC’s Robotics Research Lab.

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